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Feb022011

David Soul on Edgar Allan Poe

The legend that is David Soul talks to Textbook Stuff's Barnaby Edwards about Edgar Allan Poe, the psychology of terror and sympathy for the underdog.

Edgar Allan Poe - The Pit and the Pendulum and Other Macabre Tales is now available to buy from iTunes and other retailers. The audiobook contains unabridged readings of five classic Poe stories: The Pit and the Pendulum, The Masque of the Red Death, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar and Hop-Frog. See our web site for further details.

Please let us know your thoughts in our podcast forum. Thanks for listening!

David Soul on Edgar Allan Poe

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That was excellent! I absolutely love these very informative Textbook Stuff podcasts, and listening to this one made me realize just how much I've missed them. It has a nice balance of interesting tidbits about Poe and enticing clips from the release. Oh, and Barnaby's mention of other Poe masterpieces - 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue', 'The Raven' and 'Berenice' - made me want to go and read them again. :)

I particularly like the interview with David Soul. How cool is that man, and a brilliant reader, too! I kept nodding my head when he was talking about Poe, his writing style and the stories in the collection, esp. 'The Tell-Tale Heart'. Mr. Soul was spot-on when he said Edgar Allan Poe is a "master of imagination". Indeed, each story in this release will be spiced up further by a good imagination on the listener's / reader's part. That's not to say that a person who generally has trouble forming a mental picture of things he hears/reads won't enjoy the stories, as these are very well-written that it doesn't take much to visualize what's going on. But Poe's writing makes the most gruesome and disturbing scenes seem so vivid, so real, that even exerting a tiny part of your imagination can transport you directly to the setting and make each event feel like it was your own chilling, thrilling experience.

I think the inclusion of a ten-minute sampler is great, as well as the perfectly chosen clips for the other stories. I'm eagerly looking forward now to more podcasts: about Robert Browning, M.R. James, and fingers crossed, a preview of what's to come in the next series of poetry and fiction.

February 3, 2011 | Registered CommenterAnthea

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